Alex Rosemblat
From Employee 11 to $600M in Revenue
Alex provides valuable insights on all things conferences and events, how Datadog will leverage them post-pandemic, how he thinks about driving pipeline via events, and who Alex believes is a mandatory early hire for all marketing teams.
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Prior to his current role as the CMO of Datadog, Alex Rosemblat served as the Product Marketer for Dell’s Cloud and Virtualization product family (via the acquisition of VKernel), bringing virtualization management and cloud monitoring software products to market. Alex has several years of experience with enterprise software and related technologies through product management, IT consulting, and pre-sales engineering with Symantec (via the acquisition of SwapDrive) and Epic Systems Corporation. He holds a BS in Commerce, specializing in IT, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Fifteen years of enterprise software experience including product marketing, product management and operational/workflow design in the cloud computing, on-premise virtualization, online data storage and healthcare IT sectors.

Episode Summary

This episode features an interview with Alex Rosemblat, CMO of Datadog, a $30B monitoring and security platform for cloud applications.

Alex has over fifteen years of enterprise software experience, including leadership roles at Symantec and Dell. He has spent the last 8+ years at DataDog, and helped lead the company to its successful IPO in 2019.  

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t sweat the numbers, sweat the quality. 
  • All B2B marketing teams should consider hiring a great demand gen person that knows Google ad words as an early hire.
  • To make an event that drives pipeline you must define your audience as narrowly as possible.


“To make an event that drives pipeline, I think the most important thing is to define your audience as narrowly as possible. If you were to say ‘this is going to be an event tailored for X kind of person,’ that's probably not enough. It's got to be X kind of person that works on Y kind of systems that is really concerned about Z kind of things. You really need to get as tailored as you can.” 
“Getting a great demand gen person that knows Google ad words like the back of their hand should be an early hire for any marketing team that’s doing B2B marketing.”
“Something that we’ve done really well at Datadog: once we find a formula that works—even if it’s at a very small scale—then the challenge on us as a marketing team is to figure out how to keep repeating it or doing it in a bigger way until we hit a ceiling where you can’t do any more of it.”
“I think if you were to take a look under the covers, we really do marketing by a thousand cuts. We have a lot of campaigns that do really small numbers, but they’re good numbers or the quality on them is good. So we keep on layering more small campaigns...and that’s how we end up delivering a very good set of leads for our sales team.”
“The worst thing you can do is keep on trying to push something that's just not working up the hill and expending effort on it. Because there might be a lot of other campaigns that actually will work. And the effort that you're putting on this thing that you can't ever seem to get to work might be better spent in other places.”


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